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Current Issues in the Church

There is so much Catholic information and commentary available now that the hard part is choosing what issues are most important enough to follow. Our website limits its coverage to those current events that touch on our doctrinal and missionary purposes. Issues involving our apostolate get top priority, but other issues affecting all of our lives are also highlighted in our news reports and columns.

A knowledge of Church history will give us the tools necessary to deal with many of the alarming current issues that threaten the Faith and the Church, theologically, morally, and socially.

Brother Francis has a tremendous appreciation for the history of the Church. He liked to call Church history “the laboratory of wisdom.” Why? Because the history of the Church is the history of human salvation, and choosing the best means to save one’s soul is the highest prudence. And prudence, says St. Thomas Aquinas, is wisdom in action.

A knowledge of Church history is essential if we are to apply the wisdom of the past, and the tragic errors of the past, to current issues and events in the Church. History is the laboratory of wisdom, but the application today of the lessons learned from history is prudence.

How, for example, are we to understand what St. Pius X meant when he said that “modernism is the synthesis of all heresies,” if we are ignorant of the history of the Church’s battles against heresy? How are we to evaluate the causes of what Pope Benedict referred to a “crisis of Faith,” if we unfamiliar with any of the twenty ecumenical councils that preceded Vatican II?

Christendom is gone as a reflection of the social reign of Christ the King, but Catholicism lives on, and the spiritual warfare is ever-present. We must keep informed, rejoicing in the good, and fighting against what is evil.

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178 Catholic Churches Under Police Protection in France

Catholic Culture: After a planned terrorist attack on two French churches was averted, Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced that “specific protection” is being provided to 178 Catholic places of worship. More on this here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Jesuit Father Fahy Stood Up to the Communists in China

CNS.com: Every San Franciscan — and every friend of freedom — should learn about Eugene Fahy, a native of Northern California who took a stand against tyrants and never backed down. Born in San Mateo in 1911 and educated at Saint Ignatius and the University of San Francisco, Fahy was a brilliant man who left behind indisputable proof of his eloquence and courage. He could … More →

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More on the War Against Archbishop Cordileone

“Holy Father, please provide us with a leader true to our values and your namesake. Please replace Archbishop Cordileone,” read the headline of a full-page ad published on April 16 in the San Francisco Chronicle. Marking a new tactic in an aggressive campaign to remove Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco from ministry, the paid “open letter” echoed the talking points of critics who have … More →

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Melbourne: 3 Historic Catholic Churches Torched by Arsonists

Catholic Cravings: In Holy Week, three historic Catholic churches were torched in Melbourne, Australia. On Holy Monday, St Mary’s Church, St Kilda East and St James’ Church, Brighton were set alight. On Holy Wednesday, the third, St Mary’s Church in Dandenong went up in flames. More on this here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.


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Cardinal Kasper Honored by CUA With the Quasten Award

This was back in November 2014, but I just now came across the news of it. Oddly enough, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was the featured speaker for the ceremony. And, on that score, I thought that CUA president, John Garvey, was a voice for orthodoxy among the liberals in “Catholic” academia? Well it all goes to show … More →

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Exiled Melkites Long to Return to Their Village Destroyed by Israeli Army

Catholic News Service: For the elders of Iqrit, their biggest regret in life is not having been able to raise their children together. On April 13, they congregated with the younger generations in the old Church of St. Mary for Easter Monday Mass in this destroyed Melkite village perched on a sloping hill in Western Galilee. More here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Catholic Church Still Under Severe Persecution in China

Lina Chan for AsiaNews: The Justice and Peace Commission of the Hong Kong Catholic Diocese is concerned about the situation of the Catholic Church in the Mainland China. The Chinese authorities have imposed political and religious policies that have been against the principles and practices of the Catholic faith, and that they have gravely violated human rights. This has caused the Catholics in Mainland China … More →

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Turkey’s President to Pope Francis: Don’t ‘Make Such a Mistake Again’

AsiaNews: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday “warned” Pope Francis “not to make such a mistake again”. Today, he said that a motion set to be voted upon in the European Parliament would “go in one of our ears and out of the other.” Nicknamed the “Sultan” for his neo-Ottoman ambitions, Erdogan continues his campaign against the recognition of the mass slaughter of one million … More →

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Dr. Maike Hickson’s Interview With Cardinal Brandmüller

LifeSiteNews: Cardinal Walter Brandmüller has been among the leading voices critical of proposals stemming from the Vatican’s Synod on the Family that risk subverting Catholic teaching on the sacraments and morality. He was one of five cardinals who contributed to the book Remaining in the Truth of Christ, which focused on criticizing Cardinal Walter Kasper’s proposal to open up Communion to those in irregular sexual … More →

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Asia Bibi Appeals to Pope With Easter Prayer for Peace

Vatican Insider:“At Easter, Jesus Christ gives us an example of peace and forgiveness. All of us must learn from the teaching and sacrifice of Christ who was crucified for us and who forgave all those who harmed him. On this special day I ask Christians in Pakistan to live and pray for peace.” There is suffering but peace too in the words which Asia Bibi, the … More →

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Cardinal Nichols Not Happy With 461 Priests Who Signed Open Letter for Family Synod

Carl Olson, Catholic World Report: My hope is that when an exhaustive (and exhausting) history of the Great Inter-Synodal Battle of 2014-15 is written someday, the collective sense of it will be: “What were they thinking?”—the “they” being those who prelates, priests, and others who pushed for changes in Church teaching about the sacrament of matrimony. But, in the present moment, every scuffle, tussle, and uproar … More →

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Vietnam: Communists Threaten to Demolish 22 Catholic Chapels

AsiaNews: The communist authorities of Djak Tô district – Diocese of Kontum, in the province of the same name located in the Central Highlands of Vietnam – are threatening to tear down 22 Catholic chapels and places of prayer, because they do not have building permits or permits to be used for worship. More on this here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Cardinal Koch Dares to Play the ‘Nazi’ Card (and Well)

Cardinal Kurt Koch, the President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, has given an interview where he dares to use the ‘N’ word against German liberals. Yes, he compared their progressivist complicity to the zeitgeist to that of certain accommodating Christians to the German National Socialists, the Nazis. We learn from LifeSiteNews.com: An influential Swiss cardinal at the Vatican has warned Germany’s bishops that … More →


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500 Priests From England and Wales Sign Letter Defending Church Moral Doctrine

The Remnant: In a dramatic turn of events, nearly 500 priests from England and Wales have written a letter in defence of the ‘traditional teaching on marriage and human sexuality’ in anticipation of the forthcoming Vatican Synod on the family. This letter comes at a time when a growing number of Catholics are concerned that the gathering of Church leaders in Rome, scheduled for October 2015, … More →

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Teachers in Catholic Schools Beware: Do Not Teach Catholic Morals or Doctrine

Crisis: Chesterton once wrote that “War is not the best way of settling differences—but it is the only way of preventing them from being settled for you.”  If the Catholic Church is to continue to teach the timeless truths about the dignity of all human persons from conception to natural death, and the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman, the Church needs … More →

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